PHOTO CREDIT CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU
This summer, 164 of us joined together at the Universtiy of Birmingham for 10 days of rehearsals and preparation before touring our epic programme of orchestral masterworks to Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and the BBC Proms where our performance was broadcast on BBC Four and live on BBC Radio 3.
Our dazzling programme conducted by Sir George Benjamin included Debussy’s La Mer and Ligeti’s mesmerising Lontano. Pianist Tamara Stefanovich joined us as the soloist in Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and this year our performance was proudly presented entirely by NYO musicians. Joseph (celeste), Siobhan (harp) and Simone (percussion) brought their passion and voices to the stage and you can hear all about their experience preparing in this short clip.
“playing was brilliantly vivid and fabulously poised”
★★★★ The Guardian
“it wasn’t the youngsters’ zeal that made me sit up. It was their maturity. Across this vast orchestra, the playing was refined and unanimous”
“Lontano asked for a huge orchestra to play almost as a highly-disciplined chamber group. The NYO proved equal to the task... Benjamin summoned both power and precision from his young crew”
★★★★ The Arts Desk
“the NYO absolutely inhabited the piece [Ligeti Lontano], bringing out all of its many instrumental shades from woodwind and shimmering violins to muted tubas with an unearthly high solo violin, presenting the work almost as a slowly changing light-show.”
★★★★ Music OMH
“astonishingly assured handling from the NYO... This is an outstanding concert, and it’s not just that one hopes long may this association continue."
“The stand-out solo contributions were too numerous to mention, but together the NYO reminded us of the sheer joy that music and music-making can bring.”
Click here to re-live the excitement of our performance by watching the BBC broadcast on iPlayer until 3 September.
NYO continues taking its totally teenage orchestra brilliance around the country in January 2018 with concerts in Nottingham, Coventry and London and tickets are on-sale now! FIND OUT MORE